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Music Samples:
Track 1: With Arms Wide Open
Track 2: Higher
Track 3: My Sacrifice
Track 4: My Own Prison
Track 5: One Last Breath


Since their formation in 1995, Tallahassee natives Scott Stapp (vocals), Mark Tremonti (guitar), Brian Marshall (bass) and Scott Phillips (drums), better known as Creed, have gone on to be one of the most successful bands in rock history; selling close to thirty-five million albums  and millions of concert tickets.  The band's debut, My Own Prison, was released in 1997 and has sold over six million copies in the U.S.  The follow-up, 1999's Human Clay, has been certified Diamond for sales in excess of 11 million copies.   The band's third studio album, Weathered, was released in 2001 and tied The Beatles Anthology, for the most consecutive weeks at Number One on Billboard's Top 200 chart (eight weeks since the beginning of the SoundScan era (1991).  In November 2004, Creed's Greatest Hits was released, and was certified double platinum.  The band's most recent studio album, 2009's Full Circle, featured the top 10 rock radio hit "Overcome." The songwriting team of Stapp and Tremonti are considered one of the most prolific in rock history. The band was voted Favorite Group in 2003 on the People's Choice Awards and has won numerous American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards and others including the Grammy Award for best Rock Song in 2001 for "With Arms Wide Open." For more information visit


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Music Samples:
Track 1: Hurricane
Track 2: Bad Girlfriend
Track 3: Lowlife
Track 4: Out Of My Head
Track 5: All Or Nothing

Honesty is always the best policy. Theory of a Deadman adheres to that age old adage on their fourth album for Roadrunner/604 Records, The Truth Is...

The platinum-selling Vancouver quartet builds arena-ready hooks around hard rocking stories of good times, bad times and everything in between. "Lowlife," is a raucous anthem celebrating simple pleasures. "Hurricane" stirs up a storm of emotions over an orchestral hum of guitars and massive chorus. Then there's "Head Above Water," which delivers an uplifting, contemplative message encased in mid-tempo rhythms. Theory of a Deadman-Tyler Connolly [Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar], David Brenner [Rhythm Guitar], Dean Back [Bass], Joey Dandeneau [Drums]-are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth, like it or not.

For The Truth Is..., Theory of a Deadman preserved the sound that fans worldwide have grown to love on Scars & Souvenirs [2008], Gasoline [2005], and Theory of a Deadman [2002], while expanding, enhancing, and evolving their approach. The band solidified their place at the top of modern hard rock by exceeding Platinum sales with their breakthrough Scars & Souvenirs and with #1 Mainstream Rock Radio hit "Bad Girlfriend."At the same time, other singles, "So Happy" and "By The Way," became crowd favorites on tours with everyone from Motley Crue and Godsmack to Daughtry and label mates Stone Sour. For The Truth Is... the band stuck to what works best and are taking it to the next level.

"Musically, not too much changed," says Connolly. "We had a bit of an epiphany when it came to songwriting though. We've been a band for over a decade now, and we realized what we're doing makes sense. There was a lot more confidence. I was able to dig in lyrically and be wide open. When I write, I either want to kiss someone on the lips or punch them in the face. Anything in between is boring."

To capture those two ends of the spectrum, the band hunkered down once again in Los Angeles' Bay 7 studio during January 2011 with Howard Benson [My Chemical Romance, 3 Doors Down]. Brenner adds, "We really found our sound on Scars & Souvenirs."


Adelitas Way
Adelitas Way

Home School Valedictorian, the sophomore CD from Las Vegas quartet Adelitas Way, earns an "A" for execution, even managing to top the band's forcefully compelling 2009 self-titled debut and its chart-topping single "Invincible." On Home School Valedictorian, Philly-born singer/songwriter Rick DeJesus pens lyrics that are full of relatable pain and pathos in songs like memorably intense rockers "Sick," and "The Collapse," rife with heavy, edgy, melodic musicality, creating modern hard rock at once both eloquent and primal.

The last two years have been nothing short of amazing for Adelitas Way-playing at the 2010 Jets/Patriots game, touring arenas with bands including Theory Of A Deadman and Shinedown, their song 'Scream" in Saw 3D , not to mention "Invincible" becoming the official theme song for WWE Superstars and used on the 'CSI: Miami" finale. Yet while DeJesus' gratitude, positivity and charisma is palpable, he often comments lyrically on the darker side of humanity. "The title Home School Valedictorian reflects the fact you meet a lot of people who are ungrateful for the things they've been given in life," the singer notes. "When I think of a 'Home School Valedictorian,' I think of someone who's spoiled and very into themselves, they think they're the only reason that the world's going around. I think that's the opposite of what our band is; we're very humble guys, we're very easygoing, we're very outgoing. The fact that I get to wake up and play for fans and play music, I'm beyond fortunate. But I've met a lot of people who don't see it that way."


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